A Building Exploded In Ontario Last Night & Left 3 People Hospitalized (PHOTOS)

"Homes and businesses in the area have been evacuated."

Toronto Staff Writer
Ontario Explosion Last Night Leaves 3 People Hospitalized

An explosion in downtown Wheatley last night has left three people hospitalized and forced many in the area to evacuate.

The explosion took place at around 6 p.m. on August 26 on the corner of Erie Street and Talbot street, according to Chatham-Kent officials.

Police, EMS and Chatham-Kent fire say two buildings have been severely damaged.

Earlier that night at around 4:30 p.m. gas monitoring devices at the scene detected gas and the alarm triggered a 911 call.

"First responders had evacuated the buildings closest to the alarm and were in the process of evacuating a wider area when the explosion occurred," reads the news release.

According to Chatham-Kent officials, "homes and businesses in the area have been evacuated. Three persons have been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries."

The explosion took place in the vicinity of an area where hydrogen sulphide gas was found in June 2021, which led to an evacuation order and a state of emergency to be put into place.

"In July, the municipality declared a second state of emergency after confirming hydrogen sulfide was once again present in the building on 15 Erie St. North. That state of emergency remained in effect," the release says.

Wheatley Arena has become a reception centre for people who have been evacuated from the area.

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